| Aug 27, 2013
| 4:49 PM
Anyone who has tried to travel while minding a serious diet probably has had to compromise. After being offered only risotto or pasta at several restaurants in Italy, a vegetarian friend ordered "steak and baked potato, but hold the steak" in self-...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:56 PM
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Mark Twain knew what he was talking about in a Tribune interview 127 years ago, discussing the virtues of the upper Mississippi River. The big river around Hannibal, Mo., where he grew up, is less interesting, less scenic, he said,...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:57 PM
Her first name describes the refinement and polish figure skater Grace Elizabeth Gold embodies at her best, enhancing her huge, difficult jumps and the luminous smile she outlines with her trademark red lipstick.
Her last name says what she's pursuing...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:43 PM
SOCHI, Russia — The cowgirl got the gold.
Kaitlyn Farrington, the 24-year-old daughter of ski bums in Sun Valley, Idaho, produced the run of her life Wednesday night at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
What resulted was a newly minted Olympic...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 11:58 AM
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — On a warm spring day before the tourist crush arrives, there is nowhere in the world like Mackinac Island.
It's like summer without crowds. Like getting a seat backstage.
It's a season of daffodils — the tulips not...
| Sep 11, 2013
Re "Car dealer with dog Spot," Obituary, Sept. 10
I remember as a young boy watching Sunday morning television on our fuzzy, black-and-white, 12-inch screen while waiting for my mom and dad to get ready for church. I'd watch lengthy car commercials,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:28 PM
BORA BORA, French Polynesia — It was just after 6 a.m. when the sound of a ship's horn awakened us. My husband, Jeff, and I looked at each other sleepily, then scrambled to our knees so we could look out the window above our bed. There it was in all...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
ABOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER IN WESTERN CANADA — The land, baronial and steep, dwarfs this 20-car train as it snakes through the wilderness.
Go ahead, smudge your nose up against the wide windows. Slip outside into the warm, pine-scented vestibule...
| May 26, 2013
BORA BORA, French Polynesia
It was just after 6 a.m. when the sound of a ship's horn awakened us. My husband, Jeff, and I looked at each other sleepily, then scrambled to our knees so we could look out the window above our bed. There it was in all its...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 11:20 AM
Kathleen L. Muscolino, 56, of Berkeley, owns Tail Waggers, a dog-grooming facility in Naperville. The shop at 1807 S. Washington St. also sells boutique items and wellness products, including grain-free food and treats for dogs and cats.
When did you...
| Oct 6, 2013
APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS — Dozens of black-and-yellow squirrel monkeys scampered around us, some running above on high ropes, others swooping in close to us as we walked.
This was one of the many delights of the Apenheul, a primate park in rural...